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#549194 - 08/13/19 10:17 AM [Help! Tech S.O.S (Off topic)] Notation Software
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pianowillbebach Offline

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For years, I've been switching off between musescore and sibelius because they were the notation softwares that I had heard of. I'm starting to look into other options. I found one called Forte ( and plan on installing the free trial. Has anyone used this, and do you have recommendations? Or have any suggestions on other notation software?

#549196 - 08/13/19 10:22 AM [Help! Tech S.O.S (Off topic)] Re: Notation Software [Re: pianowillbebach]
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I've tried it. I think John Ford has also.

The only way you can know is to try the demo as you suggest. Everyone has preferences for how the software fits your workflow, and how intuitive it seems to you.
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#549213 - 08/13/19 12:05 PM [Help! Tech S.O.S (Off topic)] Re: Notation Software [Re: pianowillbebach]
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Forte is okay,but don't use it much. I generally migrate back to Noteworthy Composer, as it fits best for my workflow, is familiar (I've used it since the 1990's), and for its speed of entry using a mix of keyboard/mouse input. Doesn't support plugins or instrument libraries, but once you learn the shortcuts, you can do quite a lot with it. I also like how it handles lyrics. And it's not too expensive. It had friendly user forum as well. And the programmer often responds directly to user requests. It even supports a programmable language that lets you automate tasks that it doesn't perform natively.

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#549314 - 08/14/19 04:23 AM [Help! Tech S.O.S (Off topic)] Re: Notation Software [Re: jford]
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Originally Posted By: jford
I generally migrate back to Noteworthy Composer, as it fits best for my workflow, is familiar (I've used it since the 1990's), and for its speed of entry using a mix of keyboard/mouse input.

Back in the day, this was one of my favorites ...
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